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Year 10 RE Curriculum

Students who haven’t opted for the RE GCSE

Year 10 students have one lesson of RE per two week timetable. This fulfils their statutory entitlement. Year 10 students have a varied RE curriculum following the SACRE guidelines. Part of their RE curriculum is the Young Philosophers Course, understanding and debating classical moral and philosophical problems, which allows them to strengthen their skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking in order to improve their attainment in all their other studies.  Given that students have only one lesson per fortnight there are no CAT assessments or reports issued for RE.

GCSE Full Course RE chosen as an optional subject:  AQA Religious Studies A (8062)

Subject content: Students must take assessments in two components.

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices – studied in Year 10

What's assessed?

Beliefs, teachings and practices of two from:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Catholic Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism.

Christianity and Catholic Christianity is a prohibited combination

Year 10: 3.1.2 Christianity

Students should be aware that Christianity is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today and that the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity. This knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the specified content.

Students should study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity specified below and their basis in Christian sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Some texts are prescribed for study in the content and questions may be set on them. Students may refer to any relevant text in their answers and AQA will publish a list of appropriate texts as part of the supporting material for this specification. These additional texts will not be required for study, alternatives may be used, and questions will not be set on them.

Students should study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Common and divergent views within Christianity in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. Students may refer to a range of different Christian perspectives in their answers including Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

3.1.1 Buddhism

Students should be aware that Buddhism is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today and that the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity. This knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the specified content.

Students should study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism and their basis in Buddhist sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Some texts are prescribed for study and questions may be set on them. Students may refer to any relevant text in their answers and AQA will publish a list of appropriate texts as part of the supporting material for this specification. These additional texts will not be required for study, alternatives may be used, and questions will not be set on them.

Students should study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Common and divergent views within Buddhism in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout. Students may refer to a range of Buddhist perspectives in their answers, for example, Theravada, Mahayana, Zen and Pure Land.

Autumn Term

Topic

Further details about the topic: AQA RE GCSE 8062  -3.1.2 Christianity

Skills

1

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

3.1.2.1 Beliefs and teachings. 

Key beliefs.

The nature of God:

  • as omnipotnent, loving and just, and the problem of evil and suffering
  • the oneness of God and the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • different Christian beliefs about creation including the role of Word and Spirit (John 1:1-3 and Genesis 1:1-3).

Different Christian beliefs about the afterlife and their importance, including: resurrection and life after death; judgement, heaven and hell.

Jesus Christ and salvation

Beliefs and teachings about:

  • the incarnation and Jesus as the Son of God
  • the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension
  • sin, including original sin
  • the means of salvation, including law, grace and Spirit
  • the role of Christ in salvation including the idea of atonement.

GCSE exams in Religious Studies A include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of two religions
  • apply knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies
  • understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs
  • apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
  • construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values set out in the subject content.

2

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

3.1.2.2 Practices

Worship and festivals

Different forms of worship and their significance:

  • liturgical, non-liturgical and informal, including the use of the Bible
  • private worship
  • prayer and its significance, including the Lord’s Prayer, set prayers and informal prayer

The role and meaning of the sacraments:

  • the meaning of sacrament
  • the sacrament of baptism and its significance for Christians; infant and believers' baptism; different beliefs about infant baptism
  • the sacrament of Holy Communion/Eucharist and its significance for Christians, including different ways in which it is celebrated and different interpretations of its meaning
  • the role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations including:
  • two contrasting examples of Christian pilgrimage: Lourdes and Iona
  • the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, including their importance for Christians in Great Britain today.

The role of the church in the local and worldwide community

The role of the Church in the local community, including food banks and street pastors.

  • The place of mission, evangelism and Church growth.
  • The importance of the worldwide Church including:
  • working for reconciliation
  • how Christian churches respond to persecution
  • the work of one of the following: Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Tearfund.

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Religious Studies A specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs.
  • AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

 

Spring Term

 

 

 

1

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

3.1.1.1 Key Beliefs

The Dhamma (Dharma)

  • The concept of Dhamma (Dharma).
  • The concept of dependent arising (paticcasamupada).

The Three Marks of Existence:

  • anicca (impermanence)
  • anatta (no fixed self)
  • dukkha (unsatisfactoriness of life, suffering).

The human personality, in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions:

  • Theravada: the Five Aggregates (skandhas) of form, sensation, perception, mental formations, consciousness.
  • Mahayana: sunyata, the possibility of attaining Buddhahood and Buddha-nature.

Human destiny:

  • Different ideals in Theravada and Mahayana traditions: Arhat (a ‘perfected person’) and Bodhisattva ideals
  • Buddhahood and the Pure Land.

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Religious Studies A specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs.

AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

2

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

The Buddha and the Four Noble Truths

The Buddha’s life and its significance:

  • the birth of the Buddha and his life of luxury
  • the Four Sights: illness, old age, death, holy man (Jataka 075)
  • the Buddha’s ascetic life
  • the Buddha’s Enlightenment

The Four Noble Truths:

  • suffering (dukkha) including different types of suffering
  • the causes of suffering (samudaya); the Three Poisons, ignorance, greed and hate
  • the end of craving (tanha), interpretations of nibbana (nirvana) and Enlightenment

The Eightfold Path (magga) to nibbana/nirvana; the pathas the Threefold Way: ethics (sila), meditation (samadhi) and wisdom (panna). Dhammapada 190–191

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Religious Studies A specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs.

AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

Worship and festivals

The nature, use and importance of Buddhist places of worship including temples, shrines, monasteries (viharas), halls for meditation or learning (gompas) and their key features including Buddha rupa, artefacts and offerings.

Puja, the significance and role of puja/devotional ritual in the home and in the temple, including chanting, both as a devotional practice and as an aid to mental concentration, mantra recitation, use of malas.

Meditation, the different aims, significance and methods of meditation:

  • Samatha (concentration and tranquillity) including mindfulness of breathing
  • Vipassana (insight) including zazen

The visualisation of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

The practice and significance of different ceremonies and rituals associated with death and mourning in Theravada communities and in Japan and Tibet.

Festivals and retreats and their importance to Buddhists in Great Britain today, including the celebrations, origins and significance of:

  • Wesak
  • Parinirvana Day

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Religious Studies A specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs

AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

2

Religious Studies A (8062) Full course GCSE

Component 1

 

 

Revision and Summer Exams

Buddhist ethics

Ethical teaching:

  • kamma (karma) and rebirth
  • compassion (karuna)
  • loving kindness (metta).
  • The five moral precepts:
  • do not take life
  • do not take what is not given
  • do not misuse the senses
  • do not speak falsehoods
  • do not take intoxicants that cloud the mind.

The six perfections in the Mahayanan tradition:

  • generosity
  • morality
  • patience
  • energy
  • meditation
  • wisdom, including how the individual develops these perfections within themselves.

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Religious Studies A specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

  • beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs

AO2: Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

Assessments:

 

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices - 3.1.2 Christianity

Past paper for each topic - Religious Studies A (8062) – Full course GCSE

CAT 2

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices 3.1.1 Buddhism

Past paper for each topic - Religious Studies A (8062) – Full course GCSE

Main Resources:

Resource

Details

Term

 

Text books

 

AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A

Authors: Lesley Parry, Jan Hayes, and Sheila Butler
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN-13: 9781471866852

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Buddhism

Authors: Cynthia Bartlett (series editor), Kevin James
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-837032-1

AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity

Authors: Cynthia Bartlett (series editor), Marianne Fleming, Peter Smith, David Worden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-837033-8

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Recommended websites

Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John, Psalms

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics  by Gary Zukav

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

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Recommended websites

Syllabus and past papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-4055

RE:Quest - the definitive toolkit Christianity in R.E.

http://www.request.org.uk/

BBC Religion and Ethics

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/

RE:Online

http://www.reonline.org.uk/

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